An Alabama movie theater offers the ultimate experience for video game fans
For a fee, gamers can rent an entire room to use the screen as a video game display
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted people and society in several aspects to the point in which many businesses need to learn new ways to make a profit, especially if the company’s profits come mainly from massive gatherings of people. A crisis can sometimes bring the best out of a person or business and, during this crisis, many of them have been innovating and reinventing themselves. AmStar Cinemas in Oxford, Alabama, has come up with a new idea to give gamers an immersing experience by renting their rooms to host private screenings.
Video game fans can bring their own gaming console to hook up on the big screen for an entirely new experience. “It’s pretty intense when you’re playing on a screen this size,” Tyler Davis, General Manager at AmStar Cinemas says. “You have to move your head left and right.” To be able to play video games or watch private movies using this service people must call and make a reservation and the staff will make sure to clean each theater between each use. The cost of playing privately for three hours is $100.
Theaters in Alabama are starting to reopen their services after they were shut down due to the pandemic. The scheduled date to reopen to public is on July 1 but only at a 50% capacity for now. “We want to get our employees back to work as soon as possible so we’re doing private screenings,” adds Davis. To rent the entire theater room for up to 20 people will cost $100. The movie theater already has around 50 popular movie titles including Harry Potter films, Shrek, Wonder Woman, and Despicable Me 3 for customers to choose from in case people want to watch a movie instead of playing a video game.